ROKINON reveals new compact 12mm F2.0 wide-angle lens

ROKINON grows its line of auto-focus prime lenses with the reveal of its new 12mm F2.0 AF Compact Ultra Wide Angle lens for APS-C Sony E mount cameras.

The 12mm F2.0 is a compact and light lens with autofocus capability. ROKINON positions it as a great choice for landscape and night sky shooting.

“With its dramatically wide angle of view, this exciting and attractively priced high-performance model is the lens of choice for landscape, night sky, architecture and interior shooting,” ROKINON said in a press release.

Image shot with the ROKINON 12mm F2.0 AF Compact Ultra Wide Angle lens
Image shot with the ROKINON12mm F2.0 AF Compact Ultra Wide Angle lens. Image courtesy: ROKINON

Its bright F2.0 aperture supports astrophotographers who shoot in low light conditions. Also, it provides a 99.1°angle of view and close focusing to 7.48”.

The ROKINON 12mm F2.0’s element construction

The 12mm F2.0 lens consists of twelve elements in ten groups and features a new Ultra Multi Coating (UMC). While the new UMC minimizes flare and ghosting, ROKINON claims it maximizes light transmission, contrast and color accuracy. Additionally, it features five specialized lens elements: one aspherical, three extra-low dispersion and one hybrid-aspherical. These elements minimize aberrations and distortions.


The ROKINON 12mm F2.0 lens utilizes a new Linear Stepping Motor to improve the auto-focus performance. The motor only moves one focusing group, resulting in faster and quieter focusing for both stills and video recording.

Design breakdown of the ROKINON 12mm F2.0

For protection against the elements, the 12mm F2.0 is weather sealed. Additionally, it features a metal housing, a matte black finish, and a micro pattern rubber focusing ring. The 12mm F2.0 weighs just 7.51 ounces and is 2.33 inches in length.

Pricing and availability

The ROKINON 12mm F2.0 AF lens for Sony E releases this June for $499. It comes with a removable petal-shaped hood, lens caps and a carry case.

Sean Berry
Sean Berry
Sean Berry is Videomaker's managing editor.

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